A golf course in Texas holds a golf tournament to support employees quitting their jobs because of disease. Professional players like Viktor Hovland, Scottie Scheffler, Harry Higgs and possibly Jordan Spieth will participate in a 54-hole tournament with the aim of raising money at Maridoe Stadium, Texas.
Before returning to the PGA Tour officially next June, golfers are slowly regaining their sense of competition through some meaningful activities at home.
Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational, the tournament kicked off from April 28-30 with 72 players. These include some professional golfers like Viktor Hovland, Scottie Scheffler or Harry Higgs. In addition, the tournament also featured former NBA champion Deron Williams, recent high-achieving college students such as All-Americans Quade Cummins (Oklahoma), Cooper Dossey (Baylor), Pierceson Coody (Texas) and Austin Eckroat ( Oklahoma State). The 56th world-class golfer, member of Jordan Spieth Club, was originally scheduled to attend but was stuck with the meeting of the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council on the first day of the war. However, he is still expected to participate at the event.
Mr. Albert Huddleston, owner of Maridoe Club, said the idea for the tournament appeared less than two weeks ago. When he happened to talk to Spieth and the other members. They haven’t played a tournament in a while. The next day, 24 golfers pledged to participate.
All proceeds from the tournament, including the participation fee of 250 USD per golfer and minus the prize for the top pro players will be donated to the club cadres affected by COVID-19.
The tournament will also apply measures to maintain social distance and prevent epidemics from spreading such as: Do not use electric cars, caddies; there is no scratch in the bunker; a player who fails to arrive more than 30 minutes before teeing off, is required to keep a distance of 6 feet. The practice area will be changed to a Par 3 court for golfers to warm up quickly before each round, etc.
After the fundraising golf tournament, Maridoe will host the Southern Amateur in July and the Maridoe Collegiate Invitational in September. Mr. Albert Huddleston hopes that the success of the tournament can convey the message that Golf tournaments can still be held safely, in accordance with local rules of distance and guidance from the CDC.